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skewer

[skyoo-er] /ˈskyu ər/
noun
1.
a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
2.
any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten with or as if with a skewer.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; earlier skiver < ?
Related forms
unskewered, adjective
Can be confused
skew, skewer.
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British Dictionary definitions for un skewered

skewer

/ˈskjʊə/
noun
1.
a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
2.
a similar pin having some other function
3.
(chess) a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
verb
4.
(transitive) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
Word Origin
C17: probably from dialect skiver
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Word Origin and History for un skewered
skewer
1679, variant of skiver (1664), perhaps from O.N. skifa "disk, cut, slice," related to shiver (n.). The verb is attested from 1701, from the noun.
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